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Idaho governor still recovering from surgeries at home

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter talks with supporters at the Idaho GOP Election Night Party at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Otter is continuing to recover at home following two surgeries. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter talks with supporters at the Idaho GOP Election Night Party at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Otter is continuing to recover at home following two surgeries. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is continuing to recover at home following two surgeries and a subsequent infection.

The Idaho Statesman reported that Otter will still do state business at home and work closely with his office.

Otter was admitted to the hospital July 14 for his second surgery in a week to address a bulging disk in his back, where he later remained hospitalized for a post-surgery infection. He was released July 27.

Jon Hanian, Otter’s spokesman, said the governor will have to miss an Aug. 11 “Capital for a Day” in Stanley. Lt. Gov. Brad Little will fill in Otter’s spot.

Otter, 75, doesn’t plan on running for re-election in 2018. This is the longest time he’s been out of the office since he first took over the position in 2007.


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